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Sansspace

What is SANSSpace?

SANSSpace is a Virtual Language Learning Environment designed specifically for language educators and their students. SANSSpace capabilities include tools for course content management and delivery, tracking of students' work and synchronous/asynchronous communication. A built-in digital comparative recorder is a critical tool for the development of speaking proficiency. Students are able to listen to a stimulus, record their speaking and compare both. Additionally, the recordings can easily be saved for review and assessment anytime, anywhere.

How do I get SANSSpace?

  1. Log in to Course Hub.
  2. For the appropriate course, click Resources.
  3. Click Add a Resource.
  4. Click SANSSpace Resource.
  5. In the Resource/Link Title field, enter a name (e.g., SPAN 0220 FA14).
  6. Customize further as desired and click Save. Your SANSSpace site will be created and a link will appear on your course's Resources menu in Course Hub.

How do I see a list of my students?

From your SANSSpace course page, click Teacher Report. You will see a list of users who have access to your SANSSpace course.

How do I create an assignment for my students?

  1. From your SANSSpace course page, click New Folder.
  2. On the New Folder screen, in the Name field, give your assignment a title.
  3. Click Create. Your assignment will be created.
  4. To add audio/video content for the assignment (optional), see How do I record audio/video?
  5. To add a text description of the assignment (optional), write your description in the comment field and click Post Comment.

How do I record audio/video?

  1. Click New Recording.
  2. If you receive a pop-up message requesting permission for Adobe Flash to access your camera and microphone, check Allow and Remember, then click Close.
  3. To check your camera and microphone, from the Options menu, click Devices. Make any needed changes and click Ok.
  4. To check your volume, click the Recorder Settings icon (next to the video timeline, looks like two gears). Speak into the microphone to test. Adjust the volume in the volume slider as needed.
  5. Audio-only recording is the default. To enable video recording, click the Recorder Settings icon (next to the video timeline, looks like two gears). Click the Activate/Deactivate Camera icon (looks like a video camera).
  6. To record, click the red record button.
  7. To stop recording, press the red stop button.
  8. To preview the recording, press the play button.
  9. To save the recording, from the Recording menu, click Save As...
  10. Select a folder location, give your file a name, and click Save.

How do I give students feedback?

Important! Don't forget to save a new copy of the bookmarked file after leaving feedback.

  1. Press the play button to hear the student's submission.
  2. At the point where you would like to leave feedback, click the pause button.
  3. From the Bookmarks menu, click Add Bookmark.
  4. To leave textual feedback, type into the bookmark's text field. To leave audio feedback, click the bookmark's record button. To leave video feedback, in the bookmark's dropdown menu, click the down arrow next to your name and choose Options > Video > Ok, then click the bookmark's record button.
  5. From the Bookmarks menu, click Save As…, customize the file name as needed, and click Save.

Tips

  • When leaving feedback for students (called Bookmarks), make sure to save bookmarks from the Bookmarks > Save As file menu. Note: clicking the green checkmark for each bookmark will not save bookmarks.
  • SANSSpace uses Adobe Flash. Grant permission to Adobe Flash popup messages requesting to use your computer's camera and microphone. Note: you may also need to allow Flash in your browser settings.
  • Practice before beginning to record.
  • When recording, speak into the computer's microphone and look at the computer's camera.
  • Encourage students to try SANSSpace in the Digital Media Lab, where Digital Media Tutors can provide immediate assistance.

Troubleshooting

A recording was accidentally saved in the wrong location in SansSpace. How do I move it?
Although files cannot be moved from the location where they are initially saved, you can link a file to an object to ensure that it can be found from the correct folder location. To do so:

  1. Click on the file or folder and select “New Link” from the drop down menu that appears.
  2. You will be prompted to select an “Object Location” using a browse function.
  3. Browse to the location of the folder that the file should be linked to and click Add Link.

I can’t see my student’s bookmarks on their audio/video file. Where did they go?

  • First be sure that you are opening the bookmark version of their work. These files will include “Bookmark” in the prefix of the file name and the icon next to the file will be the bookmark symbol.
  • If you cannot find this file, confirm the file location with the student to be sure that they did not accidentally save it in a different location and be sure that they saved their bookmarks by using the Bookmark menu option.

Where can I get more help?

  • For the fasted support, submit a HelpDesk ticket. Faculty can also contact their liaison.
  • Students can drop by the Digital Media Lab or contact the HelpDesk.
  • To see all SANSSpace documentation, click on SANSSpace Online Help and create a SANSSpace community account. (Account creation is not automatic; you will be given access to the community pending SANSSpace community approval.)
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